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Monica Joynes-Massey

The Art of Becoming

Student, NDMU Class of 2020 Leadership in Teaching: Culturally Proficient Leadership, Culturally Proficient Leadership (Certificate)

The Cultural Proficiency Master’s Program has given me new life: pedagogical knowledge, intellectual discourse, and current research tools to prepare me to become a ‘Cultural Race Theorist.’ I’ve gained a greater level of appreciation and understanding of myself and others.

Monica Joynes-Massey is now a teacher of Church Lane Elementary School.

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Alum, NDMU Class of 2018 Leadership in Teaching: Culturally Proficient Leadership, Culturally Proficient Leadership (Certificate)
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A Learning Journey

Student, NDMU Class of 2019 Leadership in Teaching: Culturally Proficient Leadership, Culturally Proficient Leadership (Certificate)
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Alum, NDMU Class of 2017 Leadership in Teaching: Culturally Proficient Leadership, Culturally Proficient Leadership (Certificate)
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